Collecting Knitted or Crocheted Squares for Refugees

What does it mean – “10 inch knitted or crocheted squares are being collected in the Action Parking Lot

It all began with the UUFR Refugee and Immigrant Team’s sponsorship of a newly arriving refugee family last fall in partnership with the U S Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. Furniture and household goods were donated and collected to furnish an apartment for a family of seven arriving from the Central African Republic. But what warmed the hearts of the arriving family was the blanket made with 35 10 inch squares – all different colors, styles and textures made by caring welcoming hands. Out of many, there is one.

Later, in an English as a second Language class sponsored by the U S Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, I was able to explain to the father of the family that the squares were made by many people, all of whom welcome his family and wish them warmth and safety. “We hold you in our hearts.”

Now, there are other families soon to arrive. We are reminded that we can all do something to help others and every action does matter. And we knit to strengthen the raveling fibers of the world and to heal ourselves.

10 inch knitted or crocheted squares are being collected in the Action Parking Lot every Friday 10:30 – 12:00